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granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on march 30, 2011, at 9:32 a.m., that the senate passed without amendment h.r. 1079. with best wishes i am. signed sincerely, karen l. haas, clerk of the house. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following enrolled bill. the clerk: h.r. 1079, an act to amend the internal revenue code of 1986, to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the airport and airway trust fund, to amend title 49, united states code, to extend the airport improvement program, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on the motion to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. any recorded vote on the postponed question will be taken later. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the
alaska, and those trillions of cubic feet of natural gas could be brought out of the ground and used to take care of our energy needs to a very large degree. as a matter of fact, the coal shale -- let's put that chart up there -- the coal chail that we have, they. -- shale that we have, they estimate it would create 1.8 trillion to eight trillion barrels of oil right here in this country and it would immediately reduce our dependency on foreign oil. and you think the saudis and others wouldn't lower their price per barrel very quickly if they thought we were producing that you're just not paying attention. if they thought we were becoming energy independent they would want to keep their market share and lower their prices as quickly as possible. and then you talk about coal itself. we have tremendous resources of coal. 584.5 billion tons our reserves in coal, the blue places you see on the map is four trillion tons of coal. now, they say that will hurt the environment. well, we got to make sure we protect the environment and we got scrubbers on the generating plants and all kinds of
people elected the president and the united states played a very important role. starting in 2007, the u.s. along with others in the west, drew back involvement. instead of continuing a high level of engagement to consolidate a new democracy, congo was treated as it was a well-functioning state which the united states could safely withdrawn. the notion was dispelled when rebels waged a new battle in congo that brought death, displacement and destruction. our government has a long history of involvement in the congo from our shameful role and three decades support of a dictator. in 2000, the united states helped bring the end of fighting forces and provided key elections and the past few years, secretary of state hillary clinton visited the region and we have escalated our efforts in eastern congo. it has provided humanitarian assistance to the congo. this commitment has paid dividends in congo. but with conflict persisting and elections coming up, we must develop a strategy and full youly engage in this issue. with national elections only eight months away on november 27, the u.s. is not f
is only a threat to us as long as we continue our military occupation in afghanistan. after more than nine years of military occupation in afghanistan, can we really continue to claim to be acting in self-defense? the premise that the presence of our troops on the ground keeps us safer at home has been repudiated by recent terrorist attacks on the united states all done by people other than afghans. outraged at continuing u.s. military occupation of predominantly muslim countries. that's not to justify what they do, but it is to clarify the condition that we have in afghanistan. for how long are we going to continue to dedicate hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of lives before we realize we can't win afghanistan militarily? at the end of the year, the administration and u.s. military leaders were touting peace talks to end the war with high level taliban leaders. these leaders turned out to be fake. a november, 2010 article in "the new york times" detailed joint u.s. an afghan negotiations with a man the u.s. claim was one of the most senior commanders in the taliban. according
will tell you that the systems used by agencies are fine. the systems that trigger uses are fine and the budget is where the decisions are made anyway. the important data set that is used for oversight and -- by the government and public is not good enough to be used. there are efforts under way to correct the problem. it is a good example about how there it is a lot of excitement around, but the data has been unusable since the 1970's. the systems we use to track tax expenditures are worse. no one bothers to go back and check whether the estimates issued are correct after the numbers come in to the irs. the two systems used to track our never reconciled with one another. legislative information is still a rite of passage for technologists like myself. at this point, congress is making positive improvements but it is still difficult to work with. we never have access to the source data. we want the files that are the base line ingredients used to draft legislation. we can see them in the pdf's released but it cannot get the actual files. one more step back. i want
. this is the task that susan b. anthony gives us to continue today. like anthony we too must challenge the status quo for the sake of women and their children. women deserve better than abortion. thank you and i will yield back my time. mrs. schmidt: thank you to the gentlelady from north carolina for so eloquently pointing out some of the dangers of abortion, both physical and emotional. and i don't think the chapter, mr. speaker, has been written on the dangers of abortion. but i do wonder the lives that we've missed and the fabric and how it has been compromised the fabric of america, the fabric of the world because an innocent life didn't get to be woven into it. you know, when we're born our parents don't know what we're going to become. they just hope that we're happy and they hope that we're healthy. i mean, you look at our president. you think when he was born his mom thought he was going to be the president of the united states? i seriously doubt it. he didn't come from a dynasty of presidents. he's just an ordinary person born from an ordinary mom, but he, you knee, had the opportunity
at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. while this committee does not have oversight on the safety of u.s. nuclear plants, we do have to consider how events such as those at fukushima affected the ability of our nation's nuclear freedom, 104 reactors, to supply electricity. of course, these 104 reactors currently account for about 20% of the electricity that we use and what the future of nuclear energy will be as part of our nation's energy banks. events at fukushima are changing by the our. they are serious, and we are watching those events unfold on the other side of the world. our knowledge at best is incomplete. as we look forward to these experts and forming a committee on what they see at the plant, how would impact our nation must existing fleet of reactors, and answer questions the committee members might have. before i introduce our two -- our first panel, we have four witnesses, two on this first panel and two on the second trip before i introduced the panel, let me call on senator murkowski for comment. >> let me welcome those who are presenting today. i appreciate the time is
flooding back to us if we'd simply lower the taxes and you heard president obama said say that in the state of the union message, that we now have one of the two highest corporate tax rates in the world. a couple of days after his speech, japan actually lowered that tax rate and leaving us at the top level. and so the president recognizes that we make ourselves uncompetitive with our tax rate and we should do something about it. he's exactly right. we should cut taxes. and yet when you bring that up on the floor of the house, you have one half of the body that grabs their chest and falls backward, pulling the flag across their face and saying, we can't do that because old glory might just wither away and the other side says, it's the only way to economic growth. if we're going to fix this imbalance of spending and revenue, we absolutely have to have growth and job creation should be the primary focus of this congress. but unless we focus on the taxes and on the regulation we cannot cure the job problem in the country. a few years ago ireland was looking at itself and saying, we're a smart c
funding of national public radio and the use of federal funds to acquire radio content. it is time for american citizens to stop funding an organization that can stand on its own feet. long before any of the recent news stories on videos or the juan williams fiasco, i sponsored legislation in congress to pull the plug on taxpayer funding for n.p.r. i enjoy some programs on n.p.r., but i have long believed it can stand on its own. the pointed issue is not the quality or content of programming on n.p.r., the point is not the degree to which americans support the arts, radio news, and educational programs, the point today is whether government programs and services that can be funded privately or otherwise available in the private sector should receive taxpayer funding. . apart from constitutional concerns, as a country we no longer have this luxury any more. with the national debt over $13 trillion, the government can't simply to fund nonessential services. let me add that no one can really argue that these programs will disappear if americans are no longer forced to subsidize them w
resolution. this temporary c.r. will allow us to avoid a government shutdown that could otherwise occur on march 18. . while cutting spending by $6 bill to control our nation's staggering deficits and to facilitate the continued recovery of our nation's economy. we have made it clear -- the speaker pro tempore: the chair is finding it difficult to hear with conversations that are still going on in the back of the chamber. on all sides. the gentleman from kentucky deserves to be heard. the gentleman may continue. mr. rogers: we have made it clear that a government shut down is not an option. period. we will not allow this to happen on our watch. this bill funds the government for an additional three weeks until april 8, maintaining the critical support the government provides to the american people and allowing for the necessary time to complete negotiateations on a final long-term agreement for the remainder of this year. while funding the essential government agencies and programs, this c.r. makes $6 bill in spending cuts. trimming $2 billion for every week to continue our efforts to r
that they comply with the u.s. -- with the security council mandate. >> so are you just watching them as proof -- are you watching them? >> we are conducting a wide range of operations across libya. i will not talk about the specifics. certainly the 32nd brigade is always considered in the calculation on how we expand the no-fly zone and how we conduct operations in the future. >> can you give us your assessment as of now of the libyan air forces? how many fixed wing and helicopters have you destroyed and will you try to destroy as much capability as possible before you get to the point where you can get the no-fly zone where you want it? >> well, when we began this, my estimation is that his air force is not generally in good repair compared to what you would consider most world standards for air forces. he had a lot of equipment that was old, much of it was sitting parked in the runways and it could not be used. he was effectively employing a tactical air force, a helicopter air force i would say on the order of several dozen rather than large numbers. when we began the coalition strikes, on
is going on on the ground through the use of amazing satellite and photoreconnaissance capability is absolutely critical. does not replace the need for human sources, never will. that understanding of what is moving on the ground and facilities being developed things that you can study through photoreconnaissance -- it still will not tell you what the key players are saying, thinking how they look when they sit in a meeting across from someone and they are talking to to be able to have someone who can report on that, someone inside those circles will always be of the most of you. the real weary -- real world being what it is, you often have insignificant -- inadequate intelligence in that regard. caller: good morning. my late father-in-law was involved in the silencing the cameras on the u-2. my comments and questions do with the cia term "loebsack." my understanding is the cia first used it -- term "blowback." my understanding is the cia first use it with the shah of iran -- used it with the shah of iran. 9/11 was "blowback." ny of us know that. americans are certain that nonsens
from a repressive regimes in the arab world itself. yes, they are against us, but they're also against the repressive regimes they grew up under. there is a hope that we will get regimes that will not be hostile towards the united states. host: i'm going to try to squeeze in one more phone call. we have to make it quick. caller: there was a gentleman by the name of lindsey wil liams that i heard on radio show. he befriended at an oil executive. before he died, he told lindsey williams the middle east would explode and it would not be for more, but internal conflict. my question is, how did this man know this, and what other people do the same thing? it leads me to believe it was premeditated by a group of people? . guest: i do not think premeditated. there were a lot of people who saw this explosion in the region because people had been repressed by regimes that had grown bitter in steel and were not responding to their basic needs. we saw -- once the fear was released and they saw they had nothing to fear in tunisia, the egyptians challenge the government and the government was not ab
no to special interests, but what we're trying to say is that we need to use common sense and balance. and i recognize 14 years ago when i came up here common sense is not common in washington. but today part that have common sense takes place with we're going to read the bills before we vote on them, we're going to go through regular order, we're going to relook at the things which have been passed which diminish jobs and which harm our economy and those are the things which we're on the floor to get done today. mr. speaker, i'm proud of our republican majority, i'm proud of our speak who are is from the great state of ohio, who understands himself personally, because of the state where he's from, that the state of ohio is in need of leadership, real leadership in washington, just as the rest of the country. and so the republican party stands on the floor of the house today, we are about jobs, we're about reducing wasteful washington spending and we're going to stand for common sense. we reserve our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from new york. ms. sla
love and support gives everyone of us who wears the uniform of the strength to carry on. over the past 24 hours, coalition forces have continued operations to implement the provisions of u.n. security council resolution 1973. u.s. and british forces launched 12 tomahawk land attack missiles, targeting command-and-control facilities service to skirt -- a scud facility and a re-attack of the previous air site. forces from france, spain, italy, denmark, and united kingdom, with missions to sustain a no-fly zone in benghazi, to protect civilians from attack, and conduct further reconnaissance. coalition naval vessels sustained maritime controls toward u.n. security council resolution, to prevent the illegal shipments of arms to and from libya. iss our actions are generally achieving the intended objections. we have not observed a libyan military aircraft operating since the beginning of operations. the naval vessels have returned to or remain in port. cents initial strikes, no regime long range air defense radars. air attacks have succeeded in stopping regime ground forces from advancing t
commission. it would reduce the debt by 4 trillion over the next decade and put us on a course to get the debt stabilizes -- so we can be in the -- i believe a plan like the commission plan must include spending cuts and title changes that lower's rates and the commission plan provided for such a balanced approach. its savings include mandatory spending and reff knew. they are used only to extend program's solvency. not for definite reduction. if this is one message i'd like to get out there as clearly as i can, the savings in social security were redirected to social security. not for definite reduction. this chart highlights the key elements of the tax reform including the plan. it 4ri78 natesar scales back tax expenditure. tax expenditures are as big as all of domestic discretionary spending. and it makes the tax code more progressive. it promotes economic growth and improves america's global competitors. if we're going to reform the tax code, one thing we've got to have in mind is the competitiveness of the united states. we are no longer so dominant that we don't have to worry a
for live coverage of the u.s. house. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. march 14, 2011. i hereby appoint the honorable john campbell to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 5, 2011, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour, and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited to five minutes each. but in no event shall debate continue beyond 1:50 p.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from south carolina, mr. duncan, for one minute. mr. duncan: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. duncan: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to speak on behalf of
a different scale. host: thank you for being here. you have given us some very interesting information. there is lots more information if you want to learn about the earthquake risk in your part of the country. there is a very interactive web site. they have a lot more there for you. we have a big weekend coming up on c-span. we have live cameras in a number of locations. our cameras will be live with an online exclusive today and over the weekend. this weekend, we will be at the organization of american historians. there will be lots of different panel discussions across u.s. history. sunday night at 8:00 p.m., our guest is the president and ceo of the partnership for new york city. she is also a member of the federal reserve bank of new york. she will discuss the role of the federal reserve bank and other topics. thank you very much for being with us on an interesting friday morning. we will be back tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> the turn of events in libya today, the co
. this is insane. and the other thing i talked about earlier was the oil situation. it's insane for us to become more dependent on foreign energy when a time our economy is floundering. we still have unemployment at 9%. business people can't make plans because they don't know what their energy costs are. and the people that go to work are paying $3.50 to $4 a gallon. we ought to do better. the president ought to do better. i hope, mr. speaker, the message will get to the white house loud and clear before it's just too late and our economy is hurt further. and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. under the speaker's announced policy of january 5, 2011, the chair recognizes now the gentleman from iowa, mr. king, for 30 minutes. mr. king: thank you, mr. speaker. again, a privilege to be recognized to address you here on the floor of the house of representatives and it's a privilege to sit here in this chamber and listen to the gentleman from indiana, mr. burton, talk about these critical issues for the united stat
seismic counter mappingit is imt when the modern analysis techniques are used, there probabilistic techniques. those of the basis of the maps. they account for basically all sources and the potential for all the different magnitudes that are capable of those sources. up to and including maximum magnitude evens, which in many cases exceed that which we have seen in the historic record. it was mentioned that the most widely felt earthquakes in the u.s. work i 18 -- were in 1811 and 1812, and we believe it was about a magnitude 7. again, we look at the potential for exceeding that. we all sort of for the likelihood that that event occurs. that also accounts for background seismicity, which is common in the east, which is seismicity which cannot be attributed to a specific fault. it is important to note that seismicity and the central and eastern u.s. tends to be in what we call seismic zones. which are not directly attributable to faults. and we account for all of the hazard in the seismic zones. one of the questions which has come up repeatedly is how many plants are near faults or h
on 9/11. my point was it was our worst day in history. host: thank you matt apuzzo for joining us. please join us again. guest: yes. thank you. host: in the senate, live coverage on c-span 2 as the senators voting on h.r.-1 all here on the c-span networks. e s house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a comm speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., march 9, 2011. i hereby appoint the honorable virginia foxx to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father coughlin. chaplain coughlin: of late signs of spring speak of new life, o lord. may the first gasps of freedom stabilize the earth with fresh beauty. may heroic hearts of leadership, the world over, bursts forth with sounds of thanksgiving for your sounds of grace. hopefully, lord, our spring fasting and our renewal in prayer will peel away illusions for the nation and personal self-deception. may rage, violence and anger be drowned out by gentle rains. as with commo
of the islamic salvation front who actually openly were in favor of using democracy to essentially abort democracy. one of the two most prominent members was pretty explicit and his disgust to say for democracy and everything that democracy brings he said it's very clearly that democracy and the holy law cannot cohabit. now this is not the case in egypt. in fact it is quite astonishing to see the extent to which the brotherhood has sorted default from that simple formulaic of ali -- i think the situation will be a hell of a lot more competition. that is not to say it is going to in any way, shape or form escape what i call the holy trinity of democratic expansion in the muslim world which is anti-semitism, anti-americanism and anti-zionism. wherever you see democracy grow mocks muslims you are going to see those three forces gain speed. that is i think an inevitable part of this process so i think you'll certainly see that in egypt if the muslim brotherhood does reasonably well well enough to become a big factor in egyptian politics. now what that means practically is certainly the broth
support an immediate withdrawal of all u.s. troops from afghanistan or the creation of a timetable to bring them all home within a year. 14 months ago i asked a retired military general to advise me on afghanistan. i have asked him for his thoughts, and i will read some of them to you. back in november i emailed this general and i said, what do you think about the possibilities of being in afghanistan for four more years? and, mr. speaker, i am going to read his quote. i do not believe that 40 more years would guarantee victory, whatever that is. the war is costing money and lives all in short supply. mr. speaker, there's a retired lieutenant colonel in jacksonville, north carolina, which is in my district. he served in the united states marine corps for 31 years. his name is dennis adams. he wrote me a letter and the last paragraph of the letter i'd like to read to the house. i urge you to make contact with all the current and newly elected men and women to congress and ask them to end this war and bring our young men and women home. if any of my comments will assist you in this e
be some drawbacks associated with that political oversight. the agreement being talked about will be used -- using the nato command structure. host: we will talk more about the details. but in this article, is is that nothing is official. no one is signed the dotted line on this tentative agreement. it could be announced as early as today. can you talk more about nato command center, all of that? militarily, what does that mean? guest: nato has been a military alliance since 1949. it has staff and officers assigned to that as their permanent position. they come from the national military. that is the commanding control structures used an overseas operation in afghanistan, for example, today. the advantage of using that structure is that is in place, it is tested, it is known. they are great difficulties setting up at hauck our arrangements. the command headquarters is located in belgium, about an hour outside of brussels. it is not quite the equivalent of the pentagon. in the war against iraq, the u.s. war was committed from a headquarters in florida. they have a communications establishe
thankful for his friendship and collaboration that brings us here today. as well as colleagues from the department of homeland security. we express our appreciation for their support in organizing our program in the students of georgetown university lecture fund to help support the staff host the event. finally, i would like to welcome ndrea mitchell, the moderator of this even today. this event gives us an opportunity to reflect on the changes in our world since september 11, 2001, and the ways in which the united states government has responded to these changes. later this year we will observe the 10th anniversary of the attacks. in response, the homeland security agency was created. the creation of the department united 22 agencies from across the executive branch, making it the largest reorganization since harry truman consolidated the armed forces into the department of defense. last month, in her state of america's homeland security address, secretary napolitano said real security requires the engagement of the entire society with government, law- enforcement, the public and p
it is up to us in congress, the people elect us, to try and come together and agree upon a spending plan. what's the offer? there is no offer that could pass. in the senate. we passed the house version. we know where the house stands. so i'm just having difficulty understanding where the offer is. so again, mr. speaker, i think the gentleman has made his point. he's frustrated because he sees there's no movement because the senate's been unable to get an offer on the table that can garner 60 votes. so the gentleman wants us to negotiate with ourselves. no, we want to cut spending, keep the government opened. that's why we are in the position we are to do another stop-gap measure so that we can -- stopgap measure so that we can hopefully iron out some differences, cooperate, trying to keep the government open and cut spending so people in the private sector get back to work. i yield back. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for yielding. as i understand what the gentleman's saying, if the senate can't get 60 votes, which we have seen the gridlock for a long period of time where the senate ca
for the number one spot. the awards for top designation go to cities using information and communications technology to move every sector of the community ahead. these cities are leaders and are to be counted -- and to be counted among them means you're growing in ways the rest of the world is not. the intelligent community forum is saying that chattanooga is a place to watch. they see in our community what i want to talk to you about today. the same chattanooga that once lagged behind the rest of the nation is moving ahead. we're receiving praise from all sides for generating growth in an adverse economy and for maintaining an outstanding quality of life in the process. chattanooga now offers the fastest residential service in the united states. and we're one of only a handful of cities in the world that runs at 1,000 megabits per second. and the electric power board, our city's local electric utility, has installed a fiberoptic network that uses smart meeters to process realtime information and adjust according to the needs of individual homes. all 170,000 hopes in e.p.b.'s service area
the federal government be doing? should it be doing all these entitlements? well, if you go to the u.s. constitution you'd find out, well, no. in fact, a lot of these things are unconstitutional. the constitution says the only things that the federal government can do are the things that are specifically enumerated. well, what is one of them? well, you don't have to read past the first page. it's in the first paragraph. it's in the preamble. we are supposed to as a federal government provide for the common defense. we're supposed to be protecting -- first of all, the job of the federal government is to protect our country. any other rights you have mean nothing if you're being bombed and people are attacking your shorelines. and so the main job of the federal government is to provide for the national defense. a lot of these other things, they might be nice. they're probably, even though they've been around for generations, not constitutional because they are not specifically enumerated powers of the federal government. and what we're seeing happening, what was a safety net has become a
and protect us each and every day. i urge all members to join me in strong support of this bill, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts rise? mr. lynch: mr. speaker, i yield myself -- i'd like to yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lynch: i'd like to thank the gentleman for his kind remarks. as a member of the house oversight and government reform committee, i'd like to join my colleagues in supporting h.r. 793, which would designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 12781 sir francis drake boulevard in inverness, california, as the specialist jake robert vello glmbingsa post office. the bill is co-sponsored by all 52 members of the california delization. further, h.r. 793 was reported out of the committee on the same day. mr. speaker, i'd like to briefly highlight some of the achievements of specialist velloza. the only son of robert and susan velloza, specialist jake velloza was a lifelong resi
of arab nationalism." dr. anderson will talk to us about the events not just in egypt, but also in tunisia and libya. we are getting very unique perspective on events in that country, as well as in the region. please join me in welcoming dr. anderson. [applause] >> thank you very much. it is a delight to be here. this is the first time i have been out of egypt since the beginning of january, so it is an interesting opportunity for me to get a different perspective than my own from tahrir square. what i thought i would do was talk of a little bit about the larger picture of how we think about the of authoritarian legacies of the regimes against which these rebellions were made. i think, in fact, the tendency to see all of this other piece is on the one hand understandable, and also potentially a significant mistake if you are thinking about the policy approaches in the countries where we see these uprisings. i want to give a brief overview of that kind, and then i will entertain questions, including questions about what auc has been doing, of what life on the square was like during the prot
area. nobody knows about us. our story has never been heard. because we are very strong in terms of goyal. we support the west with the royal. also, it is an islamic country. the homeland of islam. >> tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. >> live saturday, a possible gop presidential candidates, haley barbour, newt gingrich, rick santorum, herman cain, and michelle bodman in the morning, iowa at the conservative principles all out -- conference. and our interview with rick santorum this weekend on c-span. a discussion now on the future of oil drilling off the shores of the u.s. the government reorganize the agency that oversees offshore drilling last year after the deepwater horizon oil spill. the head of that agency, michael bromwich, addressed a conference at rice university in houston for about 50 minutes. >> we're delighted to put this program together with our partner. it is a great honor not to introduce our midday keynote speaker, director michael bromwich from the bureau of ocean energy management, regulation, and enforcement. the director is overseeing the restructurin
. the democrats use our rights under the rules that exist on the hearing on climate science to their credit. they scheduled the hearing for tomorrow. we havenvited four leading climate scientist to testify. we did not think that the senator should be the only person to talk to our committee about science before we pass legislation. i am going to tell my republican colleagues that i am not -- i am willing to work wh them on new approaches and creative ideas. we can start with a blank piece of paper. there are many ways to make progressn climate change. we can invest in research and development of clean energy technology. we can promote energy efficiency. we can send a clean energy standard. we can build a smart grade and we can put a price on carbon. i have my own days on all these issues. -- and i have my own and views on all these issues. i know that we need to find a way to work across party lines. i will tell republican counterparts that we want to work with them. i am hopeful, as i was on all those other issues where we ran into a wall that seems impossible to overcome, that we will sta
are located. funds has also been used to assist multifamily buildings in distress and has provided long-term affordability for renters. it has also provided jobs. the number two priorities of most communities across this country are housing and jobs. and this program helps provide both. my amendment points out why the program is so desperately needed by listing through findings the number of vacant homes that could be eligible for funding by state. for example, in the home state of my good friend and colleague, mr. miller, california, there are over 92,000 homes that have been vacant for 90 or more days. in my state of new york there are over 16,000 homes that have been vacant for over 90 days. the amendment clarifies that by terminating the program vacant homes across the country cannot benefit from the neighborhood stabilization fund that could rehab in some cases, demolish in some cases and redevelop in some cases. we've seen pictures on television of bulldozers plowing vacant homes under because they're pulling down the prices and the blight in neighborhoods. this is one program tha
of us in tennessee, the president's new health care law is like a bad dream all over again. let me tell you what i mean. tennessee was the pilot project for universal health care. the experiment was called tenncare. put simply, the experiment failed. after tenncare passed, we watched the costs grow expo nene rblely. those of us in the legislature now if we didn't do something, tenncare would bankrupt our state. the sheer size of tenncare was more than government could hand. the government could not perform all the if you thinks of the medical insurance industry and promises of care and access were made and promises were far beyond what our state could possibly do. it didn't take long before tenncare became riddled with waste and fraud and abuse and i can remember talking with people who had gone from doctor to doctor and specialist to specialist, using tenncare to fill more than 50 prescriptions. 50 prescriptions is what they would put in front of me and tell me tenncare was paying for. it was all on the taxpayers' dime. tenncare became the monster that even the creators could not contr
a good job of training that kid. host: we thank you for being with us this morning. we go to the house of representatives. the morning our begins. speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., march 31, 2011. i hereby appoint the honorable virginia foxx to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 5, 2011, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate . the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited to five minutes each but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, for five minutes. mr. mcclintock: madam speaker, when the president ordered the attack on libya without congressional authorization, he crossed a very bright constitutional line that he himself
will moderate this session. >> thank you. first of all, nabe past president is not with us. unfortunately she has to be in california after the passing of her father in law. i am adolf laurenti. i in the deputy chief economist and i have the privilege to continue this discussion of the public finance situation with two terrific speakers. they need no introductions, but for the benefits of this who come from distant lands, let me say tom davis served for seven terms in congress representing virginia's 11th district. home among the others of my alma maters george mason university. we have a basketball plug for next week's tournament. during his tenure in the house he was chairman of the house government to reform and oversight committee. several distinguished the complements during those years. he is now director for federal government affairs. our second speaker, stuart rothenberg, editor and publisher of the "rothenberg report," he has several years of experience and monitoring the policy- making in our national capital. his opinions have been published from all the major media outlets includ
. host: grace writes to us on twitter asking about a ban on nuclear power plants. sharon squassoni, thank you so much for joining us this morning. she is the program director for proliferation prevention at the center for strategic & international studies. let's go now to the floor of the house of representatives, where the session is getting underway. thanks for joining us today. ker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., march 16, 2011. i hereby appoint the honorable renee ellmers to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 5, 2011, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate . the chair will alternate recognition between the parties each -- with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited to five minutes each. but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the g
from georgia, i was glad i finally heard him use the word jobs. and talk about jobs. because that's the problem here. this h.r. 1, that he talks about, we know is going to destroy jobs. various accounts, 700,000, 800,000 jobs. . not just because the government isn't paying for the jobs but beant it doesn't invest in the future. if you liven to what president obama said in his state of the union address, he said, the government has a rule. the gentleman from georgia says the government should get out of the way. i don't agree with that. we need to make wise investments in our future, in our education program, which this cuts, in our research and development for the future, in infrastructure so that we can have roads and highways and mass transit so that commerce can continue and we can grow the economy. that's what's wrong with h.r. 1 and this larger bill that the republicans have put forward. and of course the senate can't take up the bill the way it is. because they nope it will destroy jobs and cripple the economy. so what i ask is to my republican colleagues, go out there, sit
and sign them to have them emailed to you using our c-span alert. >> according to a roar by the natural resources defense council, 42 disease clusters have occurred in 13 states since 1976. a study has being called for to investigate the cause of these health problems. this against with testimony from a witness who is diagnosed with brain cancer when he was 18. >> thank you, chairman boxer. i would also like to thank ranking member james inhofe and my great senator, mike crapo, for taking on the issue of childhood cancer and cancer clusters and what they mean to our public health. i would also like to thank all of the senators on the environment and public works committee for allowing me to address some of these issues today. and i'm so very proud to be able to state that i am here today as a witness for both the majority and minority committee members. most of you do not know me other that i am associated with s-76, also known as trevor's law. my hope is that by the end of my testimony you will not obviously know me but you will remember me as a voice of every child in this great natio
to respond to control the program. out of control spending has left with us a $14.1 trillion debt that is danieling our recovery and job growth. they say reducing government spending will create a more favorable environment for private sector jobs and that's what americans need a job and paycheck not more failed, perpts in taxpayer funded housing. . i urge my colleagues to support this rule. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back of the the gentleman from texas. roists. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. polis: it's my honor to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from maryland, ms. edwards. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for two minutes. ms. edwards: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman from colorado. i rise today really troubled because i am opposed to terminating the hamp program and the neighborhood stabilization program, but i'm troubled because these programs have actually been very troubled. they are not perfect. they haven't helped every homeowner we want. but we shouldn't be in a position of just dest
to act today. but in you is found the beginning and the end of everything. be present to us in this, our day. as we try to handle as much as we are able, free us by renewed faith in your guidance and goodness. in this ever-changing world, help us to place our trust in you, heavenly father. for you manage all natural events and human affairs to achieve your holy will for us and for all your children, both now and forever. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from south carolina, mr. wilson. mr. wilson: everyone, including our guests in the gallery, please join in. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 10 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose
collective bargaining agreements. union workers and public employees are being used as scapegoats to balance the budget. teachers, nurses, police, firemen and others who perform their jobs dutyfully are being treated shabbily by this governor and those who share his union busting and anti-collective bargaining philosophy. i hope that cooler heads prevail and i urge the governor to pull the state back from this radical governmental overreach. i see my colleague from wisconsin, congresswoman moore, will be with us. i want to say to congresswoman moore that my constituents in the ninth congressional district stand in solidarity with you and all those bold and brave leaders who have left the state and also on behalf of all the union workers and all those who have come to the capitol to say, enough is enough. thank you, congresswoman moore, for your leadership. thank you, congresswoman christensen. mrs. christensen: thank you for your leadership. we have a number of women leaders here. i'd like to yield to the gentlelady from maryland, who has been a leader on many issues, including during the he
thing i think is really our general use of narrative's, and this is the case inside government. outside government is how we are brought up and how we think. if you are talking about to in asia, i think inherited you would hear in you do here is this have been largely because behnali did not mobilize the security forces. that was really the surprise. not the understanding about structures and what pressures that brings and really the changing age structure. this is just -- we are not really schooled in banking and these large structural forces -- in thinking about these large structural forces. i do not think we should be ignoring that, and i will talk more about that later, but really in terms -- getting back to strategic foresight, one of the real dilemmas we face, and again it is on discontinuities the issue. when is this going to happen and where? we ordinarily give long lists to policy makers of pending states or whatever. of course the rightly say which ones and where and when? you cannot deal with 20 or 30, and i do not know what is on the most recent list that we see published i
the clean air act which the supreme court has told us on a 5-4 basis includes regulation of carbon. i thought the way the epa has handled putting forth a tailored rule to stop emissions from major sources that make newt improvements or have yet to be built was a thoughtful approach and will be an important coribution to reducing the carbon emissions as best we can until the congress and the american people insist on doing more important key-in legislation, which i think requires at some point putting a price on carbon. >> thank you. go ahead. >> i am from politico. uva been talking cut and one of colleagues reported that the energy and power subcommittee will start the markup of that bill on thursday. whatre you going to do to stop it? can you stop the? -- can you stop it? >> it will be hard to stop legislation with which i disagree. i will have to make the argument as best i can. we will lose the vote in committee. we may lose the vote on the house floor. but w're making the argument for the senate anfor the administration and for the american people. passing a bill out of committ
assault, assistance from the u.s. and other air forces. i am against it. i think, again, if the french and other allies feel they have a strategic interest in taking this battle on behalf of opposition all the way to tripoli, then let them land of the foreign legion in tripoli and let them take on this fight. this is what the french government wants. they have a greater stake in the outcome than we do come and they do not think the united states has a core strategic interests getting involved any more than the military has done so, despite the clamoring of the opposition. this is something that is really of no great consequence to the united states, and that our allies want to take on the responsibility for this fight, we should let them do so. host: let's conclude with this question. what do you think will happen in libya, and if or when he leaves, who is his successor? guest: unless he continues to get hammered by other air forces, other than ourselves, he will continue to hold on. there is some hope on the part of the secretary of defense gates that there would be divisions within h
. in the u.s., they're not concerned so they lobby in a different direction. >> thank you. i will ask one more question. this is my second round. if you fast forward to today and look at the other end of the buchan, march 4, 2011, problems we have now, the chair has described moral hazard and the like. we talked about that. what did you do? i can anticipate your answers as i think you've given them, just to make it very clear on the record, what would you recommend march 4, 2011? >> briefly, first, i want to emphasize the things we have said. one, you need more capital. and that you need increasing capital has to be with the size of the bank's, the risk of too big to fail. it has to be that this distortion has to be eliminated. secondly, if you have a problem, you should play by the ordinary rules of capitalism. when you go into bankruptcy, you convert that to equity. it is really a version of the standard rules of capitalism. you look at the numbers back in citibank, they had enough long- term capital it was more than enough to manage them, more than we put in. the answer -- the resoluti
my time. i would just point out to the ranking member that was not the vote before us, and if there was a chance to get out the cotton subsidies -- and i must admit that both sides of the aisle voted for them -- but the opportunity was at the point on the conference report of the farm bill which the gentleman from massachusetts voted for. but to put this again in a larger context, we on this side of the aisle federal reservently believe that you will not have -- fervently believe that you will not help anything unless you put this country on a fiscal path. if we can't do it on this program what program can we do it on? i think it's ironic. how many of my friends on the other side of the aisle will come to the floor and say, you know what, there are people in this nation trying to force loans onto people who are unemployed, people can't afford to pay it back, it's predatory lending, and now they want the government to do the same thing. mr. bachus: chair, i yield 30 additional seconds to the gentleman from texas. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hensarling: w
for this bill when the house resolves its differences with the senate. businesses everywhere are counting on us to come through for them as is the middle class. we can't afford to let them down. thank you, mr. speaker. with that i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from south carolina. mr. scott: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia, my cousin, mr. scott. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for two minutes. mr. scott: i'd like to thank the gentleman from south carolina, i look forward to visiting the family at christmas. mr. speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the house and this great country, as i traveled cities like covington this past week, the main issue i heard from constituents is their growing fear of the side size of government's regulatory burden on their business and their way of life. now, i find it laughable that today democrats say that they didn't know this 1099 provision was in this bill. the fact is, this 1099 provision was part of a c
to work with other parties when things got stuff. i feel that for us, we will be offering very clear choices to voters in terms of focusing on democratic issues, affordability, and all the people that have done left behind in this budget and former budgets as well. i'm looking forward to it. i think the ndp will work well. people know he is straight up. >> let me ask you about british columbia. conservatives will target that like never before. are you worried about that? >> absolutely not. we are well-positioned and we have some fantastic candidates. we will have tight races, but it will be a race between the conservatives and the ndp. the liberals are not much of a factor. in the writings, the ndp came first or second. there were some firms stalwarts that are not running, and they may have a sense that they take it for granted that they will win those races. a former deputy premier who is running in prince george peace river, she's doing really well. i think you'll see the ndp really gain momentum and strength. >> thank you for stopping by on the campaign trail. >> we are hearing he
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